The superintendent of a rural school district engaged Ed Direction to help him turn around a state-defined “failing” elementary school. The students were poorly managed, leading to disengagement and minimal effort. Staff mindset had become stagnant as staff wondered what could be done to turn around decades of poor performance, and an apparent lack of interest from parents and students.
Ed Direction applied its transformation model in full force over a three year period. The staff, parents, and students were re-energized by the quick wins that Ed Direction helped them achieve. Then, the work was sustained because of the strong parental engagement programs, classroom-level coaching, and small-group, job-embedded professional development. At the conclusion of the three year period, the school’s grade had risen to “A,” and disciplinary referrals had decreased by 50%. In reflecting on the success, the staff was thrilled to see how much impact was possible and the deep growth they had achieved.